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Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms of life in Kathmandu during this small-group guided walking tour, ending with a cooking lesson and lunch at a local family home. Explore Kathmandu on foot, checking out landmarks including the country’s oldest Buddhist stupa, Swayambhunath, and historic Durbar Square, wandering through the area’s bazaars and passing ancient temples and courtyards. Then buy vegetables with your guide (at your own expense) and bring them to the residence of a local family, where you’ll learn to cook a typical Nepalese lunch. Enjoy your tasty meal while chatting with the family about life in the city.
  • Cultural tour in Kathmandu
  • Walk through the local markets, temples, and courtyards of Durbar Square
  • Discover Buddhist and Hindu traditions at Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal
  • Learn about the culture, history, and religion of Nepal from your knowledgeable guide
  • Shop (optional) for fresh vegetables and enjoy a hands-on cooking experience in a local family’s home (optional)
  • Chat with the locals over your Nepalese lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Local English speaking guide
Meal and meal preparation with local family.
Taxi ride from Kathmandu Durbar Square to Swoyambhunath (one-way)
Entry fees to Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Purchase of vegetables and fruits
Gratuities

Departure Point

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Feel like a local as you explore the picturesque neighborhoods of Kathmandu on foot with a guide, finishing your day with a cooking lesson at the home of a Nepalese family. It’s a great way to step off the tourist track and learn about daily life for the friendly residents of this sprawling city.

Begin your day in the morning, meeting your guide at the Hotel Marshyangdi. Join the locals on their morning commutes as you explore the ancient streets of Ason. Pick up fresh ingredients to use for your lunch including vegetables and spices.

Continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square to explore its courtyards, ancient temples, and historic buildings. Listen to stories about Mall kings and learn about Kathmandu's history.

Then take a taxi and drive to Swayambhunath, the oldest stupa in Nepal. See why it's called the "Monkey Temple" as you pass groups of primates who guard the hills near the site. Take in the views of Kathmandu from this hilltop location and see why many use the sit for meditation.

After this spiritual experience, head to your host's home to learn the secrets of Nepalese cooking from this friendly family as you prepare your meal in their inviting kitchen. Once the food is ready, sit down to lunch and enjoy shared conversation with the family, with interpreter services provided by your guide. At the end of your meal, head back to the original starting point to finish your trip.
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Hotel Marshyangdi
With your expert local guide, join the early morning stream of locals as they go about their daily activities in the ancient streets of Ason. Pick up some fresh vegetables, purchase some aromatic spices and all the other necessary ingredients for a local lunch (the purchase is optional; it’s your choice and we’ll put all our confidence in you to find the right ingredients!) Offer your prayers like the locals do at the majestic temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square, then visit Swoyambhunath, also known as the “Monkey Temple” atop a hillock. Follow the path of Hindu and Buddhist devotees, circling the holy stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. After the spiritual experience of mesmerizing wafts of incense, hypnotic chants of prayers and the surreal sound of ringing bells, head to your local hosts' home. Lead the way or lend a hand as your host unveils the secrets of Nepalese cooking. Truly Kathmandu living - just like a local!
Duration: 6 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout Kathmandu; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please bring a water-bottle. If you’re travelling during monsoon season in Kathmandu, you might want to carry a rain-proof jacket or an umbrella.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: This tour helps preserve cultural heritage as you visit sites of high cultural significance, and in particular because the tour pays entrance fees to Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Entrance fees go toward helping to maintain these cultural attractions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - India

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Kathmandu Cultural Walking Tour with Cooking Lesson.

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Our guide was excellent. Very...
Suzanne H
, Apr 2015
Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and delightful. interesting architecture and history.
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One of the best tours we did. Did...
Adam T
, Jan 2014
One of the best tours we did. Did not expect this tour to be that good. Kathmandu is an awesome city and you get to see it when everything is quiet in the morning and when its pumping during the day.
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I did a very nice walking tour...
Achilleas X
, Oct 2013
I did a very nice walking tour around KTM Durbar square, got in the palace and was explained the history and the rituals of Hinduism Buddhism. Then got on Swayambunath. Local home was not open due to national festival days (Dassa), so I went with my guide to a local restaurant for some bhat dhal n meat. The best of your services was my guide an amazing person. Overall I think your tour was overpriced. I had a great tour with a great guide but I don't think the cost for you setting it up and arranging local ties would have been so high to require such a high price. Given especially that I didnt go to a local home to cook, but I went to a restaurant as the home was not available due to holiday.
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